Fort Townsend State Park Campground Washington
Fort Townsend State Park Overview
Fort Townsend State Park campground has 40 campsites located close to the historic fort on a Puget Sound beach. There are also 4 primitive (hiker/biker) sites that are first-come, first-served. Group camping is also available. The campground is open early may through mid October, but the Park is open year round.
Campground amenities include drinking water, flush toilets, hot showers and an RV dump station. There is also a picnic area and miles of mixed-use trails. Campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and RVs (up to 40 feet). Each campsite also has a table, fire ring and grate.
The campsites can accommodate tents, trailers, and RVs. Also, the campground has drinking water, flush toilets, and one shower. Each campsite has a table and fire ring with a grill.
Fort Townsend State Park Area Recreation
Fort Townsend State Park is a acre marine camping park with 3, feet of saltwater shoreline on Port Townsend Bay. The heavily wooded park has a rich military history dating from pioneer days. The park occupies more than a third of the original Fort Townsend built in by the U.S. Army for the protection of settlers. Outdoor activities include exploring the historic structures, hiking, biking, boating, kayaking, fishing, picnicking, scuba diving, crabbing and wildlife viewing.
You may also be interested in Sequim Bay State Park.
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- BBQ Grills
- Campground Host
- Campsite Tables
- Comfort Station
- Drinking Water
- Dump Station
- Fire Pit
- Fire Rings
- Firewood Available
- Group Camping
- Hike/Bike Campsites
- Pets OK
- Picnic Tables
- Ranger Station
- Restrooms (Flush Toilets)
- Visitor Center
- Beach Access
- Beach Combing
- Bird Watching
- Boating (non motorized)
- Historic Sites
- Interpretive Programs
- Mountain Biking
- Nature Trails
- Scuba Diving
- Visitor Center
- Walking Trails
- Water Sports
- Wildlife Viewing
Fort Townsend Historical State Park
On the surface, Fort Townsend is a classic state park on a Puget Sound beach. But a closer look reveals a hidden history.
Built in , Fort Townsend operated as a U.S. Army site on and off until a fire destroyed its barracks in The small camping park south of Port Townsend is unique among Washington's coastal forts because it has all but returned to nature.
Military buffs, walk the parade lawn and find interpretive plaques lining the former Officers' Row. Explore a historic torpedo tower that held state-of-the-art technology during World War II (and is now part of the group campground). And don't forget to check the park's calendar to learn about events taking place on the lawn.
Fort Townsend provides a quieter alternative to its bigger, busier northern neighbor, Fort Worden. The park has 6 miles of loamy trails through soaring Douglas-firs, western hemlock, cedar trees and a rich understory of ferns. Wander down to the beach for views of Port Townsend Bay.
Couples planning to tie the knot and families arranging reunions can rent the Friends Barn, a replica of the Fort's historic stable, now a charming hall with a fireplace, located between the forest and the beach. Not only will you enjoy Fort Townsend's relaxed vibe, you may feel the park's historic past, even if you can't see it.
Fort Townsend is a acre, marine camping park with 3, feet of saltwater shoreline on Port Townsend Bay. The forested park has a rich history in the armed forces, dating from pioneer days.
Discover Pass: A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Fort Townsend State Park Camping
A brief introduction to Fort Townsend State Park
Fort Townsend State Park (formerly Old Fort Townsend State Park) is a public recreation area located two miles south of Port Townsend in Jefferson County, Washington. The state park occupies a third of the site of the original Fort Townsend built in The park includes 3, feet (1, m) of shoreline on Port Townsend Bay, picnicking and camping areas, miles ( km) of hiking trails, and facilities for boating, fishing, and crabbing.
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Fort Worden campground reservation system changing, starting in February
PATRICK J. SULLIVAN
The process for making a campground reservation at Fort Worden State Park is changing in
Although Fort Worden is treated as a unique park in the state system, effective in late February , campground reservations are to be made with the same system shared by more than 80 other Washington State Parks facilities.
"This is something the public has been asking for," said Washington State Parks' Brian Hageman, Olympic View Area parks manager responsible for Fort Worden. "Most of our camping customers also use other state parks, and it's very unusual to have only one state park, Fort Worden, in the entire system not on the reservation system."
The Fort Worden Public Development Authority leases the upper campus at Fort Worden, and since has been handling campground reservations, too. Fort Worden has 80 campsites: 50 in the beach area and 30 in the mostly forested upper campground.
Dave Robison, PDA director, said the goal has been to make the guest check-in desk at the Fort Worden Commons a one-stop place for reserving all types of accommodations, including the campgrounds. However, the PDA's reservation system is not "robust" enough to link directly with the Washington State Parks' online reservation system.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission approved the campground reservation change in September, and Robison acknowledged it makes sense logistically.
"We will still handle walk-in reservations for the campgrounds," Robison said of the PDA's guest services. "People who are planning in advance, especially those who want a specific campsite, which many people do, will use the State Parks campground reservation system."
Campsite reservations for Fort Worden's two campgrounds were halted effective Oct. 1. Between now and Jan. 30, , no new campground reservations are being taken, by the state or the PDA. Sites are available during this time period on a first-come, first-served basis directly from Fort Worden. All reservations in the system are being honored.
Although Feb. 1 was presented in a press release from State Parks headquarters as the date when the Fort Worden reservation system would change, Hageman said the technology contractor said the estimated start date is Feb.
When the transition of the reservation system is complete, Fort Worden joins more than 80 other state park campgrounds available for reservation through a toll-free phone number, CAMP OUT () or online at parks.state.wa.us//Reservations.
The statewide campground system includes photographs and campsite descriptions, Hageman noted. "It's going to help our volunteer campground hosts because so many of our campground customers want specific campsites, and the state reservation system makes that possible."
Hageman said the changeover is being made during the slow season for reservations.
"People understand; for two years we've had a lot of complaints about how frustrating our current [campground reservation] system is not connected to the statewide system," Hageman said. "This is the time of year to make a change."
Only campground reservations are changing. Fort Worden vacation housing accommodations are still obtained directly from the PDA at or fortworden.org.
In other campground related news, the five "walk-in, bike-in" tent camping sites near the upper campground have been removed, and the area planted with native vegetation. The small sites were in among the trees off a trail between a parking lot and the upper campground.
Hageman said the sites were becoming problem areas, with people using them without paying, and leaving behind trash and drug paraphernalia.
Instead, at least three walk-in, bike-in tent sites are being created at the beach campground.
"We don't get a lot of people using these type of sites," Hageman noted. "Putting them closer to the beach in a more open area will allow them to be more secure for our guests, and we're hoping to have less crime and drug paraphernalia."
BEACH ROAD GATE
Washington State Parks also has plans to add a security gate on the beach road, just past the beach campground entrance, which could be locked after dusk to limit access by vehicle to the Battery Kinzie parking lot, for example.
A gate site has been pre-inspected, but the project has not been formally approved, Hageman noted.
"All the Washington State Parks' areas are closed at dusk," Hageman noted. "We think we need a gate down there to help people realize those areas do close at dusk. Our night rangers, on their last patrol, saw a lot of people in that area where they should not be at night."
There are no streetlights along the beach road, and there has been persistent problems with graffiti and broken glass on the concrete at Battery Kinzie.
If and when the U.S. Lighthouse Society opens the Point Wilson Lighthouse as an accommodation venue, access would be made possible, Hageman noted.
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Point Hudson Marina & RV Park
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Point Hudson has a stunning waterfront RV park with 46 full hook-up sites and two sites without hook-up. Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome. The RV park is located adjacent to the shore just to the east of the Point Hudson Marina. During your stay, you will be able to enjoy long walks from your doorstep to the historic lighthouse at Point Wilson, where the worlds shipping enters the Puget Sound by way of Admiralty Inlet. If you are also bringing a boat or planning to use one of the local seafaring businesses in Port Townsend, this is the most convenient base for your adventures. Check-in time: PM, Check-out time: Noon.
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Point Hudson Marina offers 32 slips with of linear docks. Electricity and potable water is available. There is a pump-out at the east end of the south linear dock. Slip sizes range from feet. A privately-owned maintenance facility is located at the head of marina basin with travel lift. Transient moorage slots vary, with advance reservations taken for vessels up to 70 LOA. Vehicle and trailer parking space is available one block away. Check-in time: PM, Check-out time: Noon.
While you are here, you will be only a short stroll from the many world-class restaurants in town, as well as the activities and shops that make this the destination of choice for people from all over the world. The relaxed pace of life here, coupled with our ideal location, make this one of the most desirable RV parks in the Northwest.
For your convenience, access-controlled guest shower, toilet and laundry facilities are located on the property. Wi-Fi and cable are available for a fee and Direct TV is accessible (click here for instructions). Beach fires and campfires are not allowed within Port Townsends city limits or on Port of Port Townsend properties.
Facilities to Rent
Point Hudson also offers meeting rooms and multi-purpose facilities for parties, classes, reunions, seminars and other activities. With their views of the Admiralty Inlet and the marinas harbor, we would like to invite you to explore this unique opportunity for your events. Event planners, outside caterers, and do-it-yourselfers are all more than welcome! Call for more information.
For rental of the Marina Room at Point Hudson, please email us at [email protected] or call our office at Be sure to include your name, contact number or email and the date(s) desired.
Point Hudson RV & Marina Office
Port Townsend, WA
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Currently Open 7 days a.m. p.m.
For Your Safety:
- Point Hudson Marina & RV Park office will be closed to public access. Guest registration/payments may be made using the walk-up window during business hours, or by using the iron ranger located in the breezeway outside the Office at Hudson Street in Port Townsend. Reservations and payments may also be made via credit card by calling either during business hours (Mon-Sat: a.m. to p.m.).
- Changes in policy and procedure that apply to the Point Hudson RV Park can be found in the E.O. and E.O. and E.O.
- Restrooms are open to Moorage tenants/guests and RV park guests, but remain closed to the public.
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Fort Worden Historical State Park
Hidden gun emplacements, expansive parade lawns and restored Victorian-era Officers homes place history front and center at Fort Worden Historical State Park.
While today's park plays host to workshops, festivals and family reunions, the Fort Worden of years ago was home to nearly 1, troops and officers training to defend the Puget Sound from potential enemy invaders.
Fort Worden, Fort Flagler and Fort Casey, with their big guns and strategic locations, once made up the coastal defense system known as, "The Triangle of Fire." Constructed between and , fascinating Fort Worden features more than 2 miles of beachfront and high bluffs with spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Want a comprehensive history lesson? Start at the Friends of Fort Worden Gift Shop, and grab a self-guided walking tour map. Stop into the Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum, Commanding Officer's House and Marine Science Center. Enjoy a meal in the Guard House Pub, and peruse the photogenic Point Wilson Lighthouse. Explore defunct coastal defense batteries, and imagine the compound teeming with enlisted men, officers and staff during World Wars I and II.
Nurture your creative side by attending a world-class conference or retreat at the fort. Stay in a barracks-turned-dormitory, a Commanding Officer's home or a castle. Or camp at the beach, and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing gently on the shore.
This rich cultural treasure will delight military and maritime history buffs, as well as writers, musicians, visitors to nearby Port Townsend and anyone who's up for a great place to stay.
Fort Worden Historical State Park is a acre multi-use park with more than 2 miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities, including a full-service conference center that can be booked for daylong or multi-day events.
The park is co-managed by the Fort Worden Public Development Authority, which runs the overnight lodging and partners with Centrum Arts Foundation and other on-site organizations to provide unique experiences for visitors. For more information, visit online.
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The park has 26 reservable campsites, 14 first-come, first-served campsites and 4 primitive (hiker/biker) campsites that also are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum site length is 34 feet (limited availability). Reservations can be made up to 12 months in advance by sending an e-mail to Fort Worden State Park at [emailprotected], mailing a letter to Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA or faxing a letter to () Reservations can be made up to 11 month in advance in-person at Fort Worden or by calling () from a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Reservations must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
The park has one dump station, two restrooms and one shower. Maximum site length is 40 feet (may have limited availability).
The park provides a group camp that accommodates up to 80 people. Fees vary with size of the group. For information and reservations, contact the park at ()
Please note that the following general fee information is not customized for each individual park, so not all fees will apply to all parks (for example, primitive campsite and dump station fees listed apply only to parks that have primitive campsites and dump stations).
Standard campsite, $
Full utility campsite, $
Partial utility campsite, $
Primitive campsite and water trail camping, $12
An additional $3 fee (standard) or $5 fee (utility) may be charged for select premium campsites at some parks.
Maximum eight people per campsite.
Second vehicle: $10 per night is charged for a second vehicle unless it is towed by a recreational vehicle. Extra vehicles must be parked in designated campsite or extra vehicle parking spaces.
Dump stations (if available): Year-round dump station fees are $5 per use. If you are camping, this fee is included in your campsite fee.
More about park hours
Check-in time is p.m., and check-out time is 1 p.m.
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. to a.m.
Engine-driven electric generators may be operated only between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Length of stay: You may stay up to ten consecutive days in any one park during the summer; the stay limit is extended to 20 days between Oct. 1 and March
Located on the Olympic Peninsula, four miles south of Port Townsend, Wash. in Jefferson County.
Approximately two miles south of Port Townsend, turn east on Old Fort Townsend Rd. drive one-half mile to reach the park.